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Old 03-28-2019, 06:39 PM
 
Location: London U.K.
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Probably for the better. But he shouldn’t have to pay the bill.
No bill in U.K., it’s all on the Government’s dime, but ultimately we pay for it in income tax, and National Health deductions.
I took my (at the time), New Jersey girlfriend to the Emergency Room at a hospital in South East London back in the eighties, she’d dislocated her shoulder doing some wild dancing.
They re-set the shoulder joint and gave her some pain meds, she said, “Where do I pay?”
The nurses said, “Get outta here, you’re in civilisation now.”
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Old 03-28-2019, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Because in your land of make-believe, such things don't happen when private insurance is paying the bills? Are you really that naive? [rhetorical question]

PS - The VA and Medicare are both the very definitions of 'socialized medicine' and they are both very popular.
Popular doesn't mean good. I know from personal experience, where both the VA and medicare have done my family so wrong. Especially the VA. The whole system and everyone involved can go F themselves.
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Old 03-28-2019, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Oh it's true alright. And it happens everywhere. At the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, I was almost made very ill and could have died because they wanted to give me a contrast dye for an MRI that I was extremely allergic to.

The fact that the notes were in my file, I reminded every medical personnel and the intake specialist of this allergy they were still ready to shoot me up with this dye just before I was to go in the room to take the test.

I stopped them. They were quite annoyed with me but they saw I was right and that they had been about to make a potentially lethal error.

I never got an apology from them.

You have to be cery, very careful to be your own advocate in these places.
Lucky you! I had unnecessary brain surgery 30 years ago. It left me scarred from ear-to-ear, rattled for months, and without a sense of smell for the rest of my life. It was major. The "bleachers" were filled, and I was told the video would likely be used in med schools for years. (One of the largest such tumors ever found, supposedly.)

I had a blood test, of course, but whoever read the test recorded my prolactin levels as 67 instead of 6700. Oops! The surgeon told me that 67 was high (should have been under 5), but that for a tumor of its size (grapefruit), if it was a prolactinoma the count should have been "probably into the thousands". So I had exploratory surgery. All because somebody probably looked at 6700 and said, "no, it can't be THAT high. I'll place a decimal point over... here."

The surgeon took half the tumor for testing and put me back together. After realizing it was indeed a prolactinoma, I went on Parlodel therapy (a few tiny pills daily), and within 3 months the giant tumor was the "size of a pinhead."

No doubt I could have sued and hit the jackpot, but at that point I was just happy to be alive.

Besides, it's not like they circumcised me or something!

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Old 03-28-2019, 10:13 PM
 
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And this is why we don't want socialized medical care here in the land of the free.
Right. Because things like this never happen in the US. I remember a case where a woman was told she had breast cancer, underwent a double mastectomy, and then found out they mixed up her file with another one. She never had cancer. Stuff like that happens here in the US all the time. The only difference is that we pay more for it to happen.

CNN.com - Mastectomy mistake patient: 'I was in shock' - Jan. 20, 2003
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:33 AM
 
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This was an episode of Married With Children
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:59 AM
 
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Atleast it happened to a uncircumcised man, as it would really suck if they re circumcised a man that was already circumcised.
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Old 03-29-2019, 11:51 AM
 
Location: London U.K.
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Atleast it happened to a uncircumcised man, as it would really suck if they re circumcised a man that was already circumcised.
Now that would be a neat trick, a bit like someone who’s had their appendix removed,
going into hospital and getting it removed again, I’d pay to see that.
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Old 04-09-2019, 10:10 AM
 
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It still happens frequently, here in the land of the free.

Google "wrong site surgery" and you'll see many recent cases reported.
Another recent wrong-patient case.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/st...rt/3377004002/
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Old Yesterday, 12:33 AM
 
Location: South Australia
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Atleast it happened to a uncircumcised man, as it would really suck if they re circumcised a man that was already circumcised.
Not as silly as it sounds, there are different kinds of circumcision, some are what we'd call 'partial', rather than short back 'n' sides.

Some groups of Australian aborigines practise 'subcision' a fairly gruesome procedure, the description of which will case most men to unconsciously cross their legs.


This link on partial circumcision

https://www.healthline.com/health/me...sion#procedure



This link to 'penile subcision'. Don't say I didn't warn you

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penile_subincision
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Old Today, 07:14 PM
 
Location: 912 feet above sea level
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Rule #1:

Before you go to the hospital for ANYTHING, you always write "NO!!!" on your penis with a Sharpie.

I mean, that's just common sense...
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